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Adding up presidential vacation time

Is it true that George W. Bush took more vacation days than Barack Obama? Yes. Before his two-week trip to Martha’s Vineyard in August, Obama’s count was 125 full or partial days and Bush’s total at the same point in his presidency was 407.... Read more»1

Obama: Video of beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff authentic

Updated: The video released by the Islamic State showing the killing of a second American journalist is authentic President Obama confirmed Wednesday. The same group murdered James Foley last month.... Read more»

Activists: Tempe anti-discrimination vote sign of statewide momentum

Tempe is the first city in Arizona in which voters have approved protecting LGBT municipal workers. Advocates hope the change to Tempe’s city charter will inspire other cities to adopt non-discrimination measures of their own.... Read more»2

Gun Wars

More people can use lethal force in self defense than ever before

Americans are more empowered than they have ever been by stand your ground or similar laws to use firearms to protect themselves and their property, though the laws are applied inconsistently across the country, a News21 analysis shows.... Read more»1

Texas charities struggle to send aid across border

In McAllen,Texas, the parish at Sacred Heart Church has acted as a shelter for thousands of Central Americans crossing the border illegally. An effort to send some of its surplus donations into Mexico is facing hurdles.... Read more»

Comic: Bermudez Shorts

No Mas Huppenthal/Horne burritos to swallow

The Republican primary election is over. The good news is that the Arizona Republican Party said “no mas” to Attorney General Tom Horne and Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal, the main opponents of Tucson’s Mexican American Studies program.... Read more»

Obituary

Border chronicler Charles Bowden dead at 69

Updated: Reporter and author Charles Bowden — he eschewed the term “journalist” — is dead at 69. The longtime Southern Arizonan recently moved to New Mexico and focused his work on the dangerous turmoil of Ciudad Juarez. Bowden was a dogged reporter and brilliant storyteller with a passion for the truth.... Read more»5

Gun Wars

Groups prepare to defend constitutional rights, themselves

Fear of the federal government’s interference with Second Amendment rights and suspicion that elected officials are ignoring the “will of the people” have provoked a resurgence of self-described patriots across the country who say they are preparing to defend themselves and their rights by any means necessary.... Read more»3

Tourists swarm Mexican beaches after security image facelift

Mexico is receiving record foreign visitors thanks to efforts to change its security image. But Mexico still has more murders than the U.S., which has a much bigger population. And last year, Mexico reported the highest number of kidnappings on record, with 1,698 abductions, according to the police.... Read more»

Texas border: Nat'l Guard troops struggling financially

Democrats say media reports that some National Guard troops on the border haven’t been paid and can’t afford basic necessities are infuriating. Republican Gov. Rick Perry’s office says the National Guard is fully equipped to help them.... Read more»1

Some Az schools passing on free meals for students

It sounds like a good deal - free meals to all students in certain low-income schools - but some Arizona districts are finding there really is no such thing as a free lunch. The poorest schools would be fully reimbursed, but those that have to pay some costs face hard choices.... Read more»

Songs for Labor Day: Union tunes & working man blues

The labor movement and the song book are intertwined; folk singers, country pickers, punks and popular balladeers have hailed the American worker, and chronicled the trials of earning a paycheck. Here are our picks for the best songs about work, for your Labor Day listening. “If Woody Guthrie were alive today, he’d have a lot to write about….” (with videos)... Read more»

Arizona's shrinking workforce driving drop in jobless rate

Arizona’s jobless rate is falling toward pre-recession levels, but experts say the drop could be driven as much by a shrinking labor force as a growing job market.... Read more»

Az leads nation in clean-energy job growth

Arizona businesses announced plans earlier this year to hire more than 3,000 workers in clean-energy industries, letting the state claim the nation’s biggest growth in renewable-energy jobs for the second quarter. The bulk of the jobs would be at a Solar Wind Tower in San Luis.... Read more»

Leaders from tribe, Glendale break ground on $400M casino resort

Leaders of the Tohono O’odham Nation and Glendale broke ground Thursday on a $400 million casino resort that has been the subject of lawsuits and legislation to block it.... Read more»

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